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Phase Media: Space, Time and the Politics of Smart Objects

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In Phase Media, James Ash theorizes how smart objects, understood as Internet-connected and sensor-enabled devices, are altering users' experience of their environment. Rather than networks connected by lines of transmission, smart objects generate phases, understood as space-times that modulate the spatio-temporal intelligibility of both humans and non-humans. Examining a range of objects and services from the Apple Watch to Nest Cam to Uber, Ash suggests that the modulation of spatio-temporal intelligibility is partly shaped by the commercial logics of the industries that design and manufacture smart objects, but can also exceed them. Drawing upon the work of Martin Heidegger, Gilbert Simondon and Bruno Latour, Ash argues that smart objects have their own phase politics, which offer opportunities for new forms of public to emerge. Phase Media develops a conceptual vocabulary to contend that smart objects do more than just enabling a world of increased corporate control and surveillance, as they also provide the tools to expose and re-order the very logics and procedures that created them.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781501353888
ISBN-10: 1501353888
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.3 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Caracteristici

Provides a re-imaging of the term "network," which allows researchers and students to consider objects outside of their technical designs or aims

Notă biografică

James Ash is a geographer and Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, UK. He works across the disciplines of human geography, cultural studies and media theory. His research focuses on the cultures, economies and politics of digital interfaces and digital technology and how these technologies are transforming everyday life.

Cuprins

Acknowledgements 1: Phase MediaNetworksSmart ObjectsSmart Objects, Space and TimeExploring Phases 2: ObjectsTechnical ObjectsSmart ObjectsA Quintuplet model of Smart Objects 3: SpacesPhase SpaceModulating Phase SpacesDiffusion, Partition, EnvelopmentThe Multiple Logics of Modulation 4: TimesPhase TimeGradation, Dispersion, DilationSpatio-Temporal Phases 5: PoliticsSmart PoliticsObject PoliticsEndo and Exo PoliticsPhase Politics 6: InvolutionInvolutionStruction and Dis-structionStructive InvolutionDis-Structive InvolutionPhase Activism 7: EthicsEthics and Smart VehiclesPhases and AccidentsPhase EthicsPracticing Phase EthicsPhase Ethic Futures 8: After NetworksNetworks and PhasesClosing Remarks Bibliography

Recenzii

Challenges conventional thinking and offers an interesting framework for evaluating the importance of smart objects with a view towards the future.
James Ash's Phase Media offers a new way to conceptualize how smart objects are becoming part of and active in our lives, environments and the processes of change that characterize the contemporary world. Providing a welcome alternative to network and new materialist approaches, Ash invites us to consider how smart objects themselves are implicated and active in constituting everyday worlds and change processes. In doing so it provokes new theoretical imaginaries of what smart objects are, how they might impact on our lives, and the implications of this for ethical technological futures. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how smart technologies are emerging as part of our contemporary and near future worlds.
With Ash's Phase Media, the fallibility of the autonomous system comes sharply into view. A compelling account of the perturbations of apparently 'smart' devices.
Phase Media avoids the common misrecognition of critical academic thinking as an act of judgment or condemnation. It is 'critical' instead in its clarity, patient explanation, examples, helpful signposting and above all, inquisitiveness.